Eudore Artus was born in the Bay of Biscay area of France in 1883. His father was a shoe maker but Eudore took up gardening at age 12. In 1910 he was working in Paris for a woman from Montreal, Canada, who was a friend of Mother Deplanch, founder of St. Genevieve. While Mother Deplanch
Robert Evans “Buba” and Demetra Fortune McMorris Robert McMorris was born in 1909 in Newberry, South Carolina. He was educated through the fifth grade and first worked in construction and then was the owner of one of Asheville’s historic black owned businesses, the McMorris Amoco Service Station from 1955 to 1976. It was at 71
Edith Clarke Moore (1875-1952) was a native of Texas and married Matthew Van Moore in 1892. They moved from Knoxville to Asheville in 1895. Mr. M. V. Moore was the founder and operator of the M.V. Moore and company in Asheville. The clothing store on Patton Avenue was known of as the Men’s Outfitters.
I bought this silhouette of an unknown gentleman many years ago. It’s pasted onto what is known as a trade card. Trade cards were often distributed by businesses, in this case an artist’s business, as an early form of advertising. Trade cards, like postcards, have their ardent collectors. There are a few other trade cards
John Henry Michael was born in Alabama in 1867. He was the son of Robert Lee and Martha Michael. J.H. Michael graduated from the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and from Branch Normal of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. (1) He married Lela B. in 1895. Michael was hired in 1901 to serve as principal of Asheville’s Catholic
The Faculty of Stephens-Lee High School: A Tribute Stephens-Lee teachers had a sense of collective pride that students, parents, and the black community could share. A major source of pride was the academic degrees the teachers held. Black high school students sometimes boasted that their teachers were better educated than the teachers at the all-white
Tempie Avery was a young girl purchased in Charleston in 1840 by Nicholas Woodfin. During her time on his plantation she became a midwife delivering both black and white babies in Asheville. After the Civil War, Mr. Woodfin deeded property to Tempie at 26 Pearson Drive, the current site of the Montford Community Center. On
The North Carolina Room received a call from someone–with both musical and local history interests–asking if there really was a collapse of the Swannanoa Tunnel, as the song, “Swannanoa Tunnel” relates? I said I would send him an article about it, thinking in a free moment I would just slap the article on the scanner and have it off to him.
The Western North Carolina Railroad was chartered in 1852 by the North Carolina General Assembly. A railway was to be constructed from Salisbury to some point on the French Broad River beyond the Blue Ridge. By 1859 the road had reached Morganton, a distance of 84 miles. [Asheville News July 14, 1859.] The Western North